A federal jury in Denver has found millionaire dentist and big game hunter Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph guilty of killing his wife while they were packing to return home from an African safari in 2016.
Rudolph, a Pittsburgh-area dentist, pleaded not guilty and claimed that Bianca Rudolph, his wife of 34 years, accidentally shot herself while trying to pack a shotgun in a rush, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
But prosecutors argued that it would have been impossible for her to shoot herself in the heart since the bullet that killed her came from 2 to 3.5 feet away.
Instead, prosecutors said that Rudolph killed his wife for a $4.8 million life insurance payout, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The jury also found him guilty of mail fraud for cashing in that policy.
The same jury found Rudolph’s girlfriend and manager of his dental franchise, Lori Milliron, guilty being an accessory after the fact to murder, and obstruction of a grand jury, and two counts of perjury. She was acquitted on two other counts of perjury.
When the trial opened three weeks ago, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bishop Grewell told the jury that Milliron told investigators that Rudolph admitted killing his wife during a dinner date.
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